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Title: Taking allegiance seriously-implications for research policy and practice
Authors: McLeod, John
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Allegiance
Consumer
Epistemology
Equipoise
Randomised controlled trial (RCT)
Reflexivity
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Taylor & Francis, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642531003637791
Citation: McLeod, J. 2010. Taking allegiance seriously-implications for research policy and practice. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling. 12(1): pp.77-84. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13642531003637791
Abstract: Meta-analyses of the results of randomised controlled trials of the efficacy of psychotherapy have shown that, when a researcher has a prior belief in the superiority of one of the treatment conditions within a comparative study, the results of the study tend to favour that condition. Recently, there has been a re-examination of the issue of researcher allegiance. The aim of the present paper is to examine the implications of researcher allegiance for policy and practice in the field of psychotherapy research. It is proposed that the topic of researcher allegiance can operate as a source of learning that has the potential to contribute to the advancement of psychotherapy research, by stimulating interest in the development of consumer-generated appraisals of the effectiveness of therapy, reinforcing a greater awareness of the significance of researcher reflexivity, and opening up debate around epistemological issues in research design.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/640
ISSN: 1469-5901
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